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The printscreen key on my keyboard does not take a screenshot.

asked 2012-05-31 11:39:17 -0500

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On Fedora (using GNOME), when I press the “Prt Sc” (print screen) key on my keyboard, the computer plays a click sound, and the screen flashes.

In previous versions of Fedora, a dialog used to pop up asking where to save the screen capture. This time, it did not show up. Is this a bug?

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answered 2012-06-01 05:05:05 -0500

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The default behaviour when pressing the PrintScreen key is to automatically place your screenshot in the Pictures folder in your home directory (i.e. "~/Pictures"). The click and the flash mean that the screenshot has been taken, so just check the Pictures folder for your screenshot.

Other than just the "Print Screen' key, which saves your whole Desktop to the Pictures folder, GNOME3 also has the following shortcuts enabled by default for screenshot actions:

  • PrintScreen -- Takes a screenshot of your entire desktop and saves it to the Pictures folder.
  • Alt + PrintScreen -- Saves a screenshot of the focused window to the Pictures Folder
  • Shift + PrintScreen -- Lets you select an area of the screen, and saves to the Pictures Folder
  • Ctrl + PrintScreen -- Takes a screenshot of your entire desktop and copies it to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl + Alt + PrintScreen -- copies a screenshot of the focused window to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl + Shift + PrintScreen -- Lets you select an area of the screen, and copies it to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Alt + R -- Records a Screencast) of your entire desktop and saves it to your Videos folder.

These shortcuts also can be changed in the GNOME keyboard settings if your keyboard does not have a PrintScreen key.


Is there a GUI for taking screenshots, rather than keyboard shortcuts?

If you want a little bit more control over your screenshots, you can also use the GNOME screenshots tool that is included in Fedora by default (search for "Screenshot" in the overview). It provides you a simple GUI for changing settings such as showing the cursor, and screenshot delays:

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I take a lot of screenshots, is there a tool for that?

Yes! Consider trying out shutter (sudo yum install shutter). It provides a session for taking a whole bunch of screenshots, editing and applying filters. It also has a whole lot more options than the default GNOME screenshot tool, such as being able to redo a previous screenshot, taking screenshots of webpages, and screenshots of menus.

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answered 2013-02-20 10:14:31 -0500

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For those who don't know

Additionally we can have screenshots in different manner

  1. use ctrl+shift+printscreen to select a area, drag the selected area and leave to the desired position. you will have a screenshot of that particular area.

    1. use ctrl+shift+alt+r for a screencast. to stop screencast use the same pattern again.

rest all information is given in help.

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